Friday, December 19, 2008

Standoff

Squirrel at feederOK, I have a bird feeder near a tree in our yard and this squirrel comes by to eat the seed this morning. Well, the squirrel has been driving Daisy (no pun...Daisy is our Black Lab) crazy for days....its been a game....squirrel in the tree waiting, Daisy retreats to the patio to wait...squirrel sensing an opportunity climbs over to the shepherds crook the feeder hangs on and watches Daisy for a couple of seconds, tail twitching. Daisy waits. The squirrel then acrobatically reaches out from the tree and hangs onto the crook and then reaches down to the feeder...pause....He(or she) transfers their body entirely to the feeder and reaches for seed. Daisy goes ballistic barking and running and then jumping on the fence to try to catch the squirrel who is by now at the top of the tree chattering at her and twitching its tail.....then they start again....This went on for nearly 2 HOURS yesterday!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Photos

Debra with SantaI love the Christmas season. I think it's because people get into the spirit of giving and look for the simple joy in holiday decorations and colorful wrap. It's not about the gifts (though those are fun... once you've finished shopping) It's about going back to memories of Christmases past... or Hanakkuh, Dinali or whatever you celebrate this time of year. Baking Christmas Cookies... going to holiday concerts, caroling, pageants... the ballet and strolling Austin's Trail of Lights. I know it doesnt get that cold here in Austin but we have our own traditions and periodically some snow to play in. A couple of weekends ago I did "photos with Santa" for our neighborhood kids. It was great fun and I felt like a little kid myself when Santa let me get a photo too.